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The Joys of Volunteering

Updated on August 20, 2013

Voluntary work is defined as working without payment. The reason most people give why they work as a volunteer is because they want to give "something back to the community" or make a difference for helping out with causes they believe in.

There are a lot of people all over the world who make a big difference in their local community by volunteering each year by doing tasks for different non profit organisation.

Doing volunteer work is a chance to do something that you feel passionate about, by doing volunteer work, most people feel a new sense of belonging and confidence in themselves and it can give a chance to meet new people and add a variety of experience and skills to yourself.

Give a Bit of Yourself: Volunteer

Have you ever thought of volunteering your time to a local charity or community organisation?

There are many reasons why people volunteer, here are some of them;

  • To help your community
  • To make new friends and meet new people.
  • To help others feel better or good
  • To try something new and different.
  • To learn something you are interested.
  • To challenge your self.
  • To help worthy causes.
  • To develop more skills or add to them.
  • To teach others
  • To enrich your life.
  • To stay fit and active
  • To make someone SMILE!

Tips About Volunteering

  • Get involved in a group or organisation with the same interest as you.

If you are in a sporting type, you might wish to volunteer with the junior football club or a hockey club. If you have interest in aged care, perhaps volunteering in your local retirement home might be for you.

My daughter spent her 2 weeks school holidays working in a nursing home and she just loves it, everyday when she comes home she have stories to tell me about what Mr. Lee had done on that day and how she push Audrey's wheel chair, she is just beaming with stories to tell me. The volunteer work have opened her eyes on the different aspect of aged care.

  • Consider your skills

What could you offer to an organisation? Are you good at organising people. Do you have a good computer skills Are you a good cook? Do you like to spend some time with children. Maybe taking care of animals is your forte. There might be some non-profit organisation that might need your help.

  • Consider the organisation

If you are looking for an organisation to apply as a volunteer, there are some organisations that they may need to interview you, just like this was a paying job. You may have to meet certain criteria such as police check. You have also to be mindful of the time you have available as a volunteer.

  • Encourage your friends or get your family involved.

You can make a difference as a group. Family volunteering allows parents, children, or other family members to spend sometime together while contributing to the community and the causes they care about. It can be a fun activity and can improve family relationship, an increased sense of worth and accomplishment from making a difference.

How to get involved?

  1. Decide what you want to get involved in - Maybe helping at a local community charity shop like the St Vincent de Paul, walking the dog at the animal shelter or visiting the elderly at a retirement home. There are thousands of possibilities.
  2. Find the organisations you wish to help. You may find details on the internet or in the phonebook.
  3. Be prepared. When you voluntered you are expected to learn what is expected of you and usually training is always provided.

Remember that if you volunteer, others will be relying on you. Do not volunteer unless you are prepared to give 100% . Volunteering means that you will be making a commitment that you will be morally obliged to keep. Volunteering can be an awesome and incredible experience. .

Volunteers are Always Welcome !!!

Sydney - World Youth Day Volunteers
Sydney - World Youth Day Volunteers
Beijing,China - Olympic Games Volunteers
Beijing,China - Olympic Games Volunteers
Teacher Volunteer in Africa
Teacher Volunteer in Africa

Types of Volunteering

  • Online Volunteer - people who volunteer on this area can assist with tasks such as translating documents, proofreading, editing, designing researching a good example is Project Gutenberg. There are also small organisations who needs volunteers to create web pages. The good thing about online volunteer is you work from home in your own time.
  • International Volunteer - A person who volunteers their own time to a program outside their own country, an example is helping fight famine or teaching in Africa and people who volunteer during the 2006 Tsunami in Asia.
  • Local Volunteer - these are usually people who work in their local communities, volunteering at local projects like meals on wheels deliveries.
  • Event volunteer - this volunteer works on specific events or functions to raise funds or do specific jobs. Examples are volunteers during the Olympic Games and World Youth Day.

REMEMBER: Whatever you choose to do as a volunteer, remember,it's the act of giving that makes it worthy.

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    • MM Del Rosario profile image
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      MM Del Rosario 9 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Hi William, congratulations on your volunteer work....i am sure you are enjoying the time, it is a good way of spending your time with other volunteers...well done...and thanks for the link !!!

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      William F Torpey 9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Excellent work, MM Del Rosario. I'll take this opportunity to put in a plug for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) where I now spend much of my time with Post 3350 in East Rockaway, N.Y. Veterans do lots of volunteer work in numerous organizations for other vets and for the community. I have linked this hub to two of mine, one on voluntarism and one that offers suggestions to retirees. It's a great way for people to help themselves while helping others.

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Well if volunteering is defined as working without payment then I have successfully volunteered 20 years of raising kids. It's now time to rest!!!!

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      MM Del Rosario 9 years ago from NSW, Australia

      @storytellerrus - thanks for dropping by and yes, the school is a great place to do volunteer work, there are a lot of mums who help and volunteer in the library covering books, doing shelftidy .....and don't forget the mums who help in the canteen....

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      Barbara 9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Great HUB and wonderful message! I spent all day volunteering at my daughter's high school. I have grown more through volunteerism than any other activity. I can't encourage volunteerism enough! It gives retirees meaning in their lives as well. Great job.

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